By guest author Lucinda Staniland
Yoga magazines, both on and offline, are an awesome way to deepen your understanding of yoga, and get exposed to a range of perspectives and viewpoints.
When I read yoga magazines I feel more connected and engaged with the incredible world-wide community (see more of my ideas about communities and networks here) of practicing yogis and yoginis.
Its an exercise in learning, celebrating, and opening my eyes to new possibilities.
It gives me a chance to see beyond my own practice, to feel into the amazing local and global network I am a part of, and to learn from the stories of the people in it.
Many of these magazines are now available online but hard copy versions have their undeniable benefits. Curling up with a laptop will never be as satisfying as curling up with a magazine. However, access to online articles has the benefit of providing you with easily accessible (and often free) knowledge, resources, and inspiration.
So today I’d like to celebrate, and share with you, some of the yoga magazines that I love:
1. Yoga Journal
The well-known yoga publication everyone loves to hate, and one I’ve spent many hours browsing through in the magazine section of Wellington’s public library. It oft criticized for being too commercial and chock full of advertisements, but it still has some really great, well-balanced and meaningful articles.
Also, their website is one of the best online places for free yoga resources, including detailed pose instructions and sequences to inspire your home practice.
An independent, not- for profit magazine that ran from 1999 -2009. Despite it’s demise, it lives on thanks to the power of the web. You can read excerpts of articles on their website and order backdated copies of the magazine. It’s so worth looking at those old issues.
Each issue revolves around a central theme, and I love how they tackle themes that feel relevant and modern, like gender and sexuality, sustainability, AIDs, punk music, and politics. If you are interested in how yoga contributes to social and environmental justice you will enjoy this magazine.
This magazine explores the practices and philosophies of yoga from a variety of different viewpoints – you’ll find articles like Buddhism and Yoga and How Jesus Got Me into Yoga and Yoga Got Me Into Jesus, as well as tips for yoga both on and off the mat.
I really enjoy how this magazine explores the ways in which yoga can be incorporated into any faith, and the diverse backgrounds of the authors that write for it. Sample articles can be viewed on the website but online content is limited.
This magazine is a publication of the Himalayan Institute, a non-profit international organization which promotes yoga and holistic living, and implements humanitarian and sustainability initiatives.
Yoga International has been around since 1991 (formerly under the name of Yoga + Joyful Living). It focuses on how yoga contributes to conscious living, and features articles on asana, meditation, health and lifestyle, compassionate activism, and more. Archives are available online. It’s similar to Yoga Journal but with a greater focus on social and environmental sustainability.
Clarity magazines is part of Ananda Sangha worldwide, a movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.
The magazine shows how we can spiritualize daily life, and bring yoga into everything we do. I enjoy their approach to making yoga part of all aspects of life, and it is interesting to see a magazine that is firmly based in one tradition. You can browse their extensive archives online.
This magazine is not linked with any one yoga tradition, but aims to give readers a meaningful experience of what yoga is by showcasing different stories from a range of Australian and New Zealand yogis (Including The Yoga Lunchbox’s Kara-Leah Grant).
I love supporting this local yoga magazine, and am consistently inspired by all the amazing yoga related activities happening right in my own backyard! There are four issues published per year. It’s not availiable online but well worth subscribing to!